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Michelle Rhee Group StudentsFirst Builds on its Ohio Lobbying Work

Courtesy of Chad Aldis

Chad Aldis is the executive director of School Choice Ohio

StudentsFirst, the group founded by former DC public schools chief Michelle Rhee, has hired the leader of Ohio voucher-advocacy organization School Choice Ohio to lead the group’s work in Ohio.

School Choice Ohio Executive Director Chad Aldis will replace StudentsFirst’s current Ohio director, who was actually based in DC. Aldis said:

“One of the things I’m excited about is that I’ve been in Ohio for a few years and have the lay of the land in terms of knowing where the moving pieces are. So I think we have real potential to make really good progress on some education reform items.”

You can expect to see StudentsFirst continue to lobby Ohio legislators and policymakers on these three issues, Aldis said:

  • Teacher and principal evaluations in which at least half of the evaluation is based on students’ academic progress,
  • Performance-based pay, and
  • A complete prohibition on seniority-based layoffs.

StudentsFirst lobbied in favor of laws on teacher evaluations that made it into the state budget enacted earlier this year. And Rhee herself has made several trips to Ohio, including visits to co-host Waiting for Superman screenings with Gov. John Kasich and to speak at Kent State University.

We could see Rhee in Ohio again, Aldis said:

“I think certainly the message that she’s putting forward has resonated really well…so that’s certainly a possibility.”

Comments

  • Susan

    Yes, Ohioans loved SB5.

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